|Vermont State Senate Franklin District|
|January 9, 2013 - Present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||0|
|Per diem||$162/day (non-commuter) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Vermont State Senate|
|2003 - 2008|
|Bachelor's||Johnson State College|
|Master's||University of Maine, Orono|
|Birthday||November 11, 1942|
|Place of birth||Lowell, Vermont|
|Profession||Small business owner/retired educator|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Collins served on the following committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs|
|• Education, Vice-chair|
On February 8, 2013, Collins and fellow Senators Richard McCormack, David Zuckerman, and Richard Sears introduced a bill to impose more requirements on many independent schools. Under Senate Bill 91, any independent schools which receives public tuition funds for more than one third of its students would be required to hire only state-certified teachers, accept all publicly funded students who apply so long as space permits, provide free and reduced-price lunch to eligible students, and be approved to offer at least four categories of special education. John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute, a free-market think tank, criticized McCormack's bill as "clearly designed to put as many general purpose independent schools under the big fat thumb of the Education Agency in Montpelier." He accused McCormack of attempting to rush the bill through without input from the independent schools. The Vermont Independent Schools Association also opposed the bill, saying, "State control of admissions and of hiring would strongly impair independent schools' ability to fulfill their unique missions." McCormack and bill supporters argued that the independent schools were weakening public education by attracting students and state tuition dollars away from public schools without being required to meet state mandates, such as the requirement to offer expensive special education services. The Vermont National Education Association and the Vermont School Board Association endorsed SB 91. The bill was referred to the Education Committee, chaired by McCormack. Collins and Zuckerman are also members of the five-member committee.
Collins' website highlighted the following campaign themes:
...I believe the number one issue in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, the State of Vermont and the United States of America is jobs that offer a livable wage and reasonable benefits.We need to use our Yankee ingenuity and common sense when it comes to creating jobs that provide products and services of a high quality and support the efforts of Vermonters doing the same in other parts of our state. As a small business owner I have reinforced my belief that a cleaner Lake Champlain and area waterways is critical to the future economy of Northwestern Vermont. Certainly agriculture, high quality manufacturing and business services and tourism related offerings are also critical to our future. Through partnerships and working together the residents of Northwestern Vermont can be leaders in job creation and healthy, robust communities....
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012
Collins won election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Franklin District. Collins was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and won election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
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- Time Warner will keep NECN after protests - Kennebec Journal
- Fundraising, budget, leadership challenges await new UMaine athletic director - Bangor Daily News
- Senate Vote Clears Way for Budget Approval - RealClearPolitics
- Booze, Books, Model Cars Traded Among Senate Secret Santas - Roll Call
- A New GOP Stall Tactic in the War Over Judicial Nominees - The Atlantic
- It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fiscal Bliss - National Journal
- Senate GOP Gives Budget Deal Chilly Reception - Wall Street Journal
- Vermont's first woman in Washington: Coming soon? - Rutland Herald
- Will Warren Wing scuttle budget deal? - Fox News
- Bill addresses fencing of stolen valuables to support drug habits - vtdigger.org
- Text of SB 91, accessed March 7, 2013
- John McClaughry, Ethan Allen Institute, "The Sudden New Assault on Independent Schools," accessed March 7, 2013
- [Caledonian Record, "Senate Bill Threatens School Choice, Independent Schools," February 26, 2013]
- [Alicia Freese, VTDigger.org (Vermont Journalism Trust), "Bill would attach strings to public funds to independent schools," February 28, 2013]
- Don Collins For Senate, home page, retrieved October 23, 2012.
- Official primary candidate list